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    Bicycle Adventure in Hermann Park

    Last weekend, Patrick and I had no plans whatsoever.   Which was lovely, but I also like to have a lot on my calendar/to-do list so it was kind of daunting at the same time.  

    We took the opportunity that our free weekend presented us and explored parts of the city that we had not gone out of our way to visit before.  

    So, early Sunday morning consisted of a bicycle adventure through beautiful Hermann Park. 
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    It’s super hot out and naturally all of the sane Houstonians are avoiding the heat by sheltering themselves away in their AC pumping homes.
    Patrick and I err on the side of insane, I’m guessing, because we seemed to have had the entire park to ourselves that hot and humid morning. 

    Speaking of hot temps….and brutal sun.  I thought I’d take this little opportunity to share with you a wonderful new sunscreen line that I’ve recently discovered: Sun Bum. 
    I first saw their brown and yellow bottle tucked away in a basket for sale at a beachside shop while we were in Florida.  
    The packaging intrigued me, so I picked up the bottle to smell it’s scent …  and it was like I was suddenly transported to my imagination’s idea of a perfect day on the beach.  But what I really mean by that is, if anything coconut scented reminds you of lying in the sand & listening to the waves, then you’re going to reallllly like this sun screen.  Whether you plan on wearing it to the beach, or not.
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    I was able to try their entire line of sun screen products and I was seriously impressed.  The sunscreen goes on smooth and you don’t feel sticky afterwards.  The wonderful coconut scent only lasts for a bit, when you first put it on, and then it eventually subsides.  So not to worry, you won’t be left smelling like a tropical drink all day.

    This moisturizing sunscreen also feels like your applying your favorite lotion, which I definitely would not say about the typical convenience store sunscreen that I’ve used in the past.  

    Testing all of this out has also got me thinking, why is it that the only time I find myself applying layers and layers of sunscreen is when I’m about to spend the day on the beach?  I really should be putting this stuff on every single day.

    So what is the difference between a morning in the sun out on your bike than laying in the sun on a beach towel with a book? Absolutely nothing.  Gotta protect that skin wherever you are!

    And … I think I overestimated the amount of sunscreen needed for full facial coverage….
     
    Once I was all covered in sweet smelling coconut, Patrick and I hopped on our bikes and set off to explore Hermann Park. 
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    And shortly into our excursion, we stumbled upon a very interesting sculpture garden.  
    As soon as we got close enough, Patrick and I walked our bikes the to the top of the little “hill” where these massive bubbly organic sculptures were located and the two of us contemplated what on earth these strange things could possibly be.  
    In my opinion, that’s the fun part of art, not necessarily knowing what things are supposed to be and coming up with the ideas for yourself.  
    Our imaginations were quickly satisfied as soon as we read the sign, telling us that these forms were “wandering quintuplets?” I don’t think either of us would ever have come up with that answer, even if we stood there pondering for eternity. 
    After choosing a random trail, we turned a corner and our eyes feasted on a small lake, dotted with paddle boats.  
    I had no idea this was even here!  There was also a small outdoor cafe jutting out onto the lake, that I will have to try when the temps cool down.
    It’s easy to forget that Houston has all of this great outdoor space when you’re surrounded by so much concrete all the time.
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    At this point in our ride, I really wanted more than anything to just say heck with it and jump in the lake to cool off.  What were we thinking, biking in 100+ degrees? 
    But at the same time, I really wasn’t in the mood to get myself kicked out of the park for swimming in unswimmable waters.
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    And finally, the heat had gotten the best of us, so I challenged Patrick to a race back to our car (which he most certainly won).  
    But before we headed home, we paused for one last look out over the park’s reflecting pool.   For just a moment, I thought I was in DC. 😉
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    I’m so excited for cooler temps to come our way.  We were joking the other day that in Houston you have two summers (fall & spring) and then you have fall (winter) and then real summer, which basically consists of staying indoors at all costs, because it’s too hot to do anything else.  
    So while the rest of the country is excited about scarves and boots, I’m looking forward to being able to sit outside on my back porch without melting.  😉  
    I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!  I’m thrilled for the short work week, because at the end of it, my parents us will be visiting us all the way from Tennessee!  It’s been such a long time since their last trip to Texas, and I have many things planned for their upcoming stay.

    Here’s to hoping this short week goes by quickly! 

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     ~this post was sponsored by Sun Bum & all opinions are my own~  

    Cha Cha Cha – Charleston Part Two

    Charleston, lovely Charleston. Seriously, I need to come back to you very soon.
    It’s been kind of a while now, since my short visit, and I’m finally getting around to the second half of this post. Life has been busy busy busy lately.  
    But I won’t let that stop me from a bit of blogging in the evenings! 

    With only one Saturday afternoon in Charleston, our rather large (and surprisingly organized) group of bachelorette party attendees sure fit in a heck of a lot.  After a delicious brunch on the harbor,  we leisurely strolled through the Charleston City Market.  
    This open-air market is considered a must-see historic attraction.  As it’s one of the countries oldest public markets, you never know what you’re going to find in the many eclectic shop stalls. 
    Under a bit of a time crunch, I quickly popped in and out of the booths, on the hunt for unique treasures that I could maybe take home in my small carry on. 
    The hand woven sweetgrass baskets were scattered for sale all over the market.   These baskets have been made this same way for more than 200 years and are considered the number one souvenir that tourists purchase in Charleston.
    Alas, I dare to be different, and I came home with a precious little magnet of an antebellum lady in a yellow dress carrying a parasol. 
    Oh, and it was only $1.49.  
    Successful shopping trip, in my opinion. 
    As soon as we walked through the entire market, all ten of us girls grabbed our bathing suits & beach towels then drove across town to have some fun on Folly Beach.
    I wasn’t really expecting us to have the time to fit in a beach visit, so the spontaneous stop was a wonderful surprise! 
    It’s mid-August, which you know is hot hot hot hot.  The ocean water was fortunately the most perfect temperature.  We all just hung out. floating amongst the waves, talking, laughing and soaking up the sun.   
    But….then someone checked their watch.  
    And we had dinner reservations in less than two hours.  Like I said, we were a very organized bunch that day. 
    Quickly we headed back into town and got all dolled up for another big girl’s night out.   
    It was a bachelorette weekend after all. 
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    Saturday night gave me the perfect excuse to wear this fabulous new pink skirt of mine.  I can’t say enough wonderful things about this beautiful & flowy Anthropologie skirt.   
    You can ask my husband, I’ve probably found 4-5 different occasions to wear it in just the past two weeks alone.  I wonder if he’s sick of it yet?  
    That evening, I paired it with a black ruffled crop top that I felt dressed it all up.  
    Once all 10 of us decided we were cleaned up enough for dinner, we walked out the door of  our hotel only to discover the short walk to dinner was in fact…. a quite longer two mile one.  
    Not a pleasant thought, but we decided we’d take the chance. 
    Luckily for us, four rickshaws (“bicycle carriages” …. as I had originally referred them … but was quickly corrected) were waiting right around the corner.   I think their peddlers were pretty surprised to have ten dressed up ladies all wanting to go to the same location, at the same time.   I’d say it worked out rather perfectly for these gentleman…..and ourselves. 
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    If you haven’t travelled by rickshaw before, I highly suggest it!   
    We whipped right past all of the pedestrians, laughing at the fact that we were about to attempt such a long walk to dinner, all the while passing the beautiful architecture of Charleston.   
    We quickly arrived to our destination, much faster than we anticipated thanks to our trusty rickshaw drivers.  
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    Dinner that evening was at The Macintosh on King Street.  We dined on elaborate southern dishes (that I sadly didn’t take any pictures of).
    But the highlight of the dinner, and I’m sure all the other girls would agree, were the french fries.  Truffle fries, covered in parmesan cheese.  Mmmkay, yum.  
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    Oh and the watermelon cocktails were none too bad either. 😉

    Saturday night we celebrated the bride-to-be and wore homemade flower crowns for our girls night out.   
    We visited a few bars, most notably Henry’s and Social.  If visiting Charleston, and looking for a fun place to go, we had a great time at both of these.  Social was more laid back and Henry’s was well… there were lasers?
    Our group must have been a spectacle on the streets, I’m sure.  But we were having so much fun that the flower crown gawkers didn’t even phase us for a second.
    And, really, how often can you get away with wearing one of these? 
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    So much fun dancing the night away surrounded by girlfriends & flowers.  🙂
    I woke up bright & early on Sunday, said goodbye to my sleeping friends, and flew back to Texas.  It was the shortest getaway imaginable.  But since we accomplished so much in just one day, now I feel like nothing is stopping me from many more short weekend trips, where one or two days can feel like a week-long vacation.
    Also, sorry about the quality of some of these photos! I had a camera malfunction early in the day so the trusty ol’ iPhone was new my best friend after that point.   Charleston humidity & cameras don’t really mix…. 
    BUT it’s almost labor day weekend!  Hope you guys have fun plans ahead of you!  Patrick and I are contemplating a day trip to the beaches of Galveston.  Shockingly, we still haven’t been down there! If any of you Texans are reading this & have suggestions of things to do, I’d love to hear them! 
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    Let’s Do the Charleston

    Last weekend I flew to Charleston, South Carolina for a bachelorette party/weekend getaway.  I got to see some wonderful friends that I haven’t seen in months and months…and months, and it was truly an amazing (albeit short) trip!

    Most of the girls drove in from Tennessee, so they were able to spend
    quite a bit more time to explore this precious history city, than I was able to.

    I may have only been in town for 34 hours, but I fit in so much (and I sure took a ton pictures) that I’ve got not only one, but two blog posts for you!

    Expect the second one a little bit later. 😉

    For now, here is a glimpse into my one day in Charleston.

    After arriving pretty late Friday night, and catching the tail end of a semi wild girl’s night out, I managed to rouse a hotel room of sleeping beauties
    bright and early to begin our day of playing tourists.

    We strolled up and down the cobblestone streets, taking pictures as we passed the beautiful buildings, churches, gardens, and shops.

    Having not eaten anything, and awaiting our brunch reservations later
    that day, we thought….why not have a pre-brunch, brunch?

    Capitol idea.

    We made our way to The Blind Tiger Pub, a Charleston landmark, which has a gorgeous courtyard and absolutely delicious cocktails.

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    The fried green tomatoes were divine, but aren’t they always?  I chose a drink called the … Pain Killer.  
    The name had me a bit concerned, but it tasted glorious! 
    A mixture of pineapple, coconut, rum, and OJ.  Perfect beachy breakfast cocktail, and a nice change from having just a typical mimosa. 
    After our pre-brunch, brunch, our gaggle of girls strolled on over to the harbor and paused for a moment or two to admire the vast Atlantic Ocean in all it’s glory. 
    Charleston, you are truly lovely. 
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    We then walked through a park that was nestled along the waterfront, and just chatted, catching up with one other and discussing the prospects the next fabulous meal that awaited us. 
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    We had reservations for brunch at Fleet Landing.  All 10 of us must have felt like mini-celebrities, as soon as we showed up, immediately we were ushered right past the many hungry individuals waiting patiently for their tables.  
    Take note! If you’re in Charleston, this restaurant is definitely one you don’t want to miss, but be sure to make a reservation.  It was absolutely packed.  And we were quite hungry.  Even after having a pre-brunch, brunch.  😉
    Fleet Landing is housed in an old naval building, and it has this historic maritime feel to it that is especially touristy …. & wonderful. 
    PS-> if you’re into the fashion aspect of this blog, you may have noticed that this chambray dress o’ mine is on non-stop repeat this summer.  I cannot help it, it is simply amazing.  Go get ya one: here.


    I felt especially lucky to be sitting next to the bride-to-be during brunch, (the cutie with the glasses above!)
    We also had an oh-so-spectacular view of the harbor: 
    And would you look at that, a tray of cocktails is right on its way to the table.
    Cheers to my dear friend Susanna’s upcoming wedding! 
    Oh and I simply can not wrap this post up without showing this delicious meal. 
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    I finally got my shrimp & grits fix, and devoured this scrumptious dish in the happiest of spirits.  
    At this point in the day, it was only early afternoon.   We had a strict agenda ahead of us, which I will leave for another post! 
    It involves a beaches, a market, & lots and lots of flower crowns. 
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    & thank you Chrissy & Bridget for letting me borrow a few of your photos  <3 y’all

    Peplum & Macarons

    Alert the media, I have found the top of my dreams. 

    I am an absolute sucker for peplum tops.  They are by far my favorite.   When I found this one reduced from $300 to a price somewhere under fifty bucks,  I felt I had won a mini lottery.  
    If there was such a thing as a clothing lottery…. wouldn’t that be fun?  I’d for sure buy a ticket.   
    Anywho, this gorgeous Kerala Peplum Top has the tiniest embroidery in the most beautiful shades of blue with a big ol’ organza poof at the bottom that gives off some major flare.   
    Which I’m totally okay with.  
    And that’s why I recently wore this top out for a Sunday Funday with a few friends. 
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    First stop: blogger brunch!
    There is this great group of Houston Bloggers that get together every so often for brunches, happy hours, and even golf?, you name it!   I’ve loved getting to know a few of these ladies and its funny how many of them seem to be newbies to Houston as well.

    Check out their lovely blogs here:

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    After brunch,  I had plans with a friend, Tucky … (who funnily enough also has blog) … to catch up & grab a cup of coffee at The Common Bond in Montrose. 
     
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    The Common Bond is a quirky little bakery that specializes in fine pastries and coffees.  I’ve been once before, much earlier in the morning when the long marble counter
    above was filled to the brim with all kinds of pastries and deliciousness-es.   Let me tell
    you, it pained me to decide what particular pastry to order that day.   
    Luckily for my indecisiveness, there was less to choose from on this particular Sunday afternoon, so I easily chose a Passion Fruit Macaron. 
    Side note: They serve brunch here too, which I must come back for!  A plate of shrimp and grits flew right by me, (my weakness) and had me utterly swooning. 
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    Tucky and I settled into some mismatched chairs by the coffee bar, for some cafe au lait and sweet treats. 
     
    She chose some sort of lemony pastry creamy concoction.   

    I’m sure it has a fancy name, but it really doesn’t need one.  You can tell by just looking at it, that it will taste simply delicious, and that’s pretty much enough, right?

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    My macaron was rather small in comparison, but it tasted oh-so-good that I savored each and every tiny bite that I took.

    If only I could teach myself how to make these at home, can you imagine all of the macarons one recipe could make!?  
    Adding that to my bucket list now: make homemade macarons.  (and soon)
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    After coffee, treats, & a bit of chit chat, we walked up and down Westheimer and visited a few boutiques and vintage shops.   This part of town is so eclectic, you’ll never know what you’ll find in the unique shops of Montrose.

    And have I mentioned yet that today is FRIDAY!??!   It’s so close to the weekend, I can almost taste it.   After work, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to a wonderful friend’s bachelorette weekend in Charleston, South Carolina.   I’m excited to see what the weekend has in store, hope you all have a fabulous one yourselves! 

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    One Night in Nola

    I must warn you, this is probably a longer than average blog post.  😉

    At the tail end of our Florida trip, instead of tackling the mega-long drive all the way back to Houston in only one day, Patrick and I made a wonderful pit stop in New Orleans to see some of our good friends. 

    A five hour drive slowly turned into a seven hour drive, thanks to some serious traffic, so we arrived stiff legged and hungry, just in time for dinner and a night out on the town.   Our amazing hosts/Nola tour guides for the evening, Mallory & Andrew, chose Drago’s for dinner, specifically for their famous charbroiled oysters… which we, “just had to try!”  

    But more on that in a bit!

    First things first….I have got to tell you all about the completely lovely and ridiculous SheInside dress I wore that night.

    Why is this dress ridiculous, you may ask? Well for starters, it was only $17!  And another reason, it strangely comes in only “one size fits all.”  I do not understand this concept one bit, but I took the risk and ordered it anyway.   Luckily, I was able to fit into it, and avoid the hassle of shipping it back.  It is a tad bit shorter than what I’m used to, but there’s nothing wrong with spicing things up a bit, right? 
    I originally saw this blue & white gem styled by not one, but two of my favorites bloggers.   For the price, I absolutely had to get one for myself.  
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    Alrighty then, now back to some New Orleans goodness: 

    The wait for our table at Drago’s was quite the long one.   We made use of our free time and had ourselves some good fun at the bar, toasting the evening and our little reunion.  Even the bartender decided to join in on the mini celebration.

    When our table was ready, we followed the hostess past a sea of tables and tourists then made a sharp turn where we were treated with a glimpse of oysters in their charbroiling action.

    To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of oysters until a little over two years ago.  I couldn’t get past their gooey saltwater-y taste.  
    Thanks to a convincing husband who encourages (begs) me to try new foods, I am now obsessed.   And these yummies below were covered in cheese and all sorts of spices, so I simply couldn’t not like them.  
    Of course we had to order a round of their good ol’ regular ones, too.
    Like I mentioned, I’d consider myself a newbie to the oyster scene.   But I’m confident enough to say that these oysters were almost double the size of the ones we had while in Florida.   

    That’s what you get when you’re dining in the famous for its food city of New Orleans.

    After dinner the four of us wandered all around the French Quarter,  popping in and out of music venues, cocktail bars, and coffee shops.

    And I failed to get pictures of most all of that.

    But, I did salvage a snap of Mallory and I pondering life’s existence at an open air art market on Frenchman’s street.  
    The side table between us happened to be made out of an old Ouija board.  Needless to say, it ignited a spark and the two of us had to tell each other every ghost story we knew, in that very moment.   

    A night out in New Orleans just isn’t complete with out a creepy ghost story….or three.

    Sluggish from our long day and what felt like an even longer drive, we capped off the evening at a wee hour in the morning by treating ourselves to beignets and coffee from Cafe du Monde.  

    I’d consider myself a morning person, (well … late morning person), and this was my first time to stop into this famous coffee shop when it was crowded with their late night/early morning clientele.  I should say, it was a completely different and much livelier scene.

    But I must warn you, if you plan to visit the coffee shop to end all coffee shops at an hour such as this, prepare to leave with a great deal of powdered sugar all over you and your things.
    But really, how can one expect to keep all of that sweet goodness contained to just one tiny plate? 
    The next morning, we all pulled ourselves out of bed and ventured back into the French Quarter for a leisurely stroll and a brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters.
     

    Upon arriving to our highly anticipated brunch, we expected there to be a long wait for a table.   We had called to make a reservation the day before and it was all booked up.  Not letting that deter us, we showed up anyway.
    A bit of advice of you’re planning on eating here: don’t be discouraged by lack of a reservation.  We showed up at prime brunch time (11:30 on a Sunday morning), and we were seated immediately.  It was pretty crowded, but with just the right amount of people.
    Once you pass through the restaurant’s grand entrance, you are whisked away into a garden wonderland that is one of the French Quarter’s largest courtyards.

    I took this accidentally stalker-ish picture on purpose.   I didn’t just want to show this cute couple having their brunch, but what I really wanted was for you all to have a look at the tree like structure behind them.

    Our waiter was kind enough to give us a history of the restaurant and he explained that this wisteria tree was around 200 years old.   It has interlocked itself over time with several others throughout the garden to create a natural canopy of sorts spanning the entire courtyard.

    If you’re going to eat outdoors during the summertime in New Orleans, The Court of Two Sisters is the only place to do it!

    Other than the fantastic atmosphere, the live music, and the rich history of this restaurant, the main event is obviously their food.   
    It’s an all you can eat brunch consisting of hundreds of unique Cajun and southern dishes that have withstood the test of time, this is on older restaurant after all.
    I went through the buffet line one to many times, filling my plate with dishes
    such as eggs benedict, shrimp cocktail, crawfish pasta, turtle soup, cheese grits, and for dessert: bananas foster.
    All washed down with a pitcher of mimosas, this may have been my favorite meal …. ever.
    It was a perfect way to end our week long vacation.  Which as I’m just now posting this,  it already feels like it was ages ago as opposed to only a few short weeks.
    If you’ve made it all the way down to the bottom of this hefty post, thanks for listening to me ramble on and on about one of my favorite cities! 
    Until next time, New Orleans.
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    Kicking it with KISSUE

    I recently stumbled upon the Texas based fashion house, KISSUE and decided I must share their stunning clothing with you all! 
    KISSUE was started by Houston sisters, Kailey and Kaygan Tissue.  Their line is a mix of unique pieces in bold cuts and colors with fun and out of the ordinary accents.   I’m so in awe of these two ladies, they’re in their early 20s and already have their own killer fashion boutique.    Very inspiring! 
    I had the exciting opportunity to style and share a few of their pieces with you guys.   It was fun playing dress up and trying on a few styles that were a bit different from what I typically wear.   
    Here’s a bit below! 
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    This one, the ZAZA Dress, as it’s aptly named, was definitely the first one I wanted to try after browsing KISSUE’s on-line boutique.   At first glance, I wouldn’t usually gravitate towards this this type of dress, (my style…I’d say…hmm…is usually a bit less bold) BUT once I put this fancy party dress on, I did not want to take it off! 
    The colors and the black mesh material are so much fun, you kind of just have to go out and have a big night with the girls if you’re wearing this dress.   
    I paired it with Kendra Scott earrings and black ballet flats from Urban (on sale for $19!…and they are the most comfortable shoes in my closet..I might add.) 
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    I also tried their Honey Comb Crop Top.   I love these arm cut outs!  Something you definitely don’t see everyday. I paired the top with white jeans shorts and for good measure,  a flower crown.   If only I could get away with wearing flower crowns on a daily basis…… sigh.
    I think you can wear this black crop top a ton of different ways: high waisted jeans or a high waisted midi skirt come to mind.  By the way … I haven’t mentioned how much I love the fact that longer skirts are in style these days.   A fall trend I am very happy to see!  
    My golden retriever got in on the fun.   Ha, she actually looks so annoyed in this picture, it’s kind of hilarious.   But I promise she was as happy as could be! 
    And lastly,  I styled the oh so pretty Summer Breeze Maxi Dress.  The color is very bright and the embellishments at the top really standout and contrast well with the blue dress.
    I’m wearing my usual size and it fit a bit tight in the top and was just a tad short.  I also had a pair of low wedge heels on.  I’m 5’6″ so not too terribly tall.  I’d consider sizing up for a perfect fit.  
    Wouldn’t this dress be great for a late summer wedding?  Its so comfortable too! Which always is a plus in my book.  
    Thank you again KISSUE sisters for letting me play dress up in your lovely pieces!  
    And check out their on-line boutique: here
    On another note: it’s Sunday night, I’m dog sitting for a friend and Patrick and I are gearing up to grill out a yummy dinner.   I didn’t quite get around to DIY-ing that mirror that I mentioned I may do this weekend, but I did delve into a deliciously addicting new book and spent a lot of time on the couch reading it.   Productive weekend, right?   
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